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English Wheel Basics – What is it and how to use one

The English wheel is an essential metal working tool, that is associated with the craft of panel beating. More specifically, it enables the user to form compound (double curvature) curves from flat sheets of metal. The most often used material with a an English wheel is

How to use a Sheet Metal Brake

In a follow up to our recent review guide on sheet metal brakes we thought we would take a good look at how you actually use one. Despite the fact the brake can vary in size, from the small portable offerings designed for contractors, auto

Buying the Best Sheet Metal Brake – A Top 5 Review Round Up

Looking for a new sheet metal brake? Or maybe buying one for the first time. If that’s the case you’re in the right place. We’ve brought together 5 different sheet metal brakes, covering a range of configurations to bring you a definitive review guide of

How to Use a Miter Gauge (A Short SU Guide)

The miter gauge is an important piece of equipment that all table saw owners should add to their system. Not only are they useful for making cross-cuts, since most table saw blades can be angled up to 45-degrees, the miter gauge will give your saw the ability to

How to Use a Core Drill

A core drill is simply a drill that is designed to cut holes into concrete and masonry in a way that removes the core of the hole as it works. We have covered the different types of core drill in detail here. The most common

A Close Look at European Hinges for Cabinet Making

We recently published an article that took a look at boring jigs and reviewed 5 of the best currently available on the market. One issue that came up from a number of readers is the question of the European hinge system. While we did recommend

Buying the Best Concrete Grinder (Top 5 Picks for 2017)

What is the best concrete grinder on the market in 2017? That’s exactly what we look into today. We have taken 5 top rated grinders and dived deep to give you a comprehensive low down on each. For our findings at a glance, just check

Best Drum Sander for the Money (Top 5 Reviews)

What is the best drum sander on the market today? Like any good tool there are a wide range of brands adding their products into the mix. Knowing which to go for can be difficult. That’s where this guide aims to help. We’ve taken 5

An Introduction to the Box Joint (AKA Finger Joint)

The box joint is a go-to option that all woodworkers gravitate towards for some project or another. It is a great way of joining two pieces of wood. And while the dovetail joint is often seen as the superior choice, (classic, strong and beautiful are

Best Core Drill for the Money in 2017

Buying a new concrete core drill is no easy decision. There are a number of excellent brands on the market; there is also different configurations to choose from. Whether you opt for a smaller handheld model or go all out and buy a complete rig

Buying the Best Table Saw Fence (Top 5 Reviews)

The table saw rip fence is an extremely important piece of equipment. Understandably, choosing the correct product can be a little daunting. The majority of stock fences sold with machines are of lacklustre quality. Sure they are functional, but they are not up to the

A Beginners Guide to using a CNC Machine

A CNC machine is an excellent tool to have in your home workshop? Once you have shopped around and bought the right model to suit your needs, you will be able to cut out beautiful designs quickly and accurately. However, the research doesn’t stop at